Six everyday activities that will support you to minimize stress and boost immune function.
If you don’t already know me, I had extreme allergies, asthma, skin conditions, an extremely compromised immune system growing up. Luckily, my health is doing better than ever.
I want to share these practices with you because they have radically changed my health. Right now is a super intense time, and these are everyday things that you can start right away.
Number one: drink as much water as possible, at least half your weight in ounces. And I would encourage you to make it two-thirds of your body weight in ounces every day. It makes an enormous difference!
Number two: Breathe more deeply. When you feel afraid, your muscles and body contracts. You go into fight-or-flight stress response. Taking deep breaths helps you to regulate our nervous system and process stress. Take a slow and deep breath right now.
You can watch the video I recently made here: How to Reduce Stress with Deep Breathing Practice
Number three: Keep your body moving, do your regular exercise, go for a walk, dance, bounce, shake, do what you need to do to get your body moving, especially if you’re in a moment where you’re feeling extreme stress.
When you can both breathe deeply and move your body, it will help you shift out of a deeply contracted stress state which compromises your immune system. Breathing deeply and moving at the same time will help you get out of a stress response and into a more relaxed state.
Number four: Thymus tapping and breast massage. Right underneath your breastbone is the thymus gland, which is said to be the master gland for your immune system. As you’re taking deep breaths, you can gently massage your thymus gland or tap it if you prefer.
I like to combine tapping, breathing, visualizing the gland and my immune system being infused with healing energy.
I will also incorporate a practice of repeating positive affirmations, power statements. For example, “I am breathing in health, vitality, and supporting my immune system. I am exhaling anything that no longer serves me.” Use any words that resonates another example: inhale healing, exhale, stress or fear.
Number Five: Go outside and get in to nature. If you are in a warmer climate and you can take off your shoes and put your feet in the grass or on the earth for five minutes a day.
If you’re in a colder climate, simply putting your hands on a tree or get out into the fresh air, where if you can go in for walks in nature, then you will get your body moving, breathing deeply and connect with nature which will reduce stress and boost your immune function.
Number six: Alkaline nutrition plan which means maximizing the vegetable intake minimizing processed foods, sugar, dairy, animal protein. I am not a vegetarian but I focus on making 50-80% of my meals vegetables, including breakfast and not including white potatoes.